The Empirical Health Benefits of In Home Care


 The Empirical Health Benefits of In Home Care

Today’s post overviews research from two major senior care journals—The Gerontological Society of America and The Gerontologist—to highlight two scientifically proven benefits of Always Best Care Madison’s in-home care service.

Creating Safe Opportunities for Physical Activity

The health benefits of exercise are inarguable, but frail older adults sometimes lack opportunities to be physically active as often as they should. Finding the motivation can be hard enough without having to overcome the fear of falling.And Wisconsin’s “aging in place” population is particularly at-risk of slip-and-fall injuries—especially those with mobility limitations, disabilities, dementia, and chronic pain.

But what if they had some help? Someone who could bring them all the benefits of exercise and eliminate all the risk?

Your loved one probably doesn’t need a personal trainer at this age—just somebody to monitor and encourage regular physical activity.Somebody they trust and enjoy spending time with.

When family and friends aren’t available, our in-home care team is the perfect stand-in. Science says so: according to the Gerontological Society of America report, in home care aides provided their clients with:

  • Improved physical fitness
  • Higher self-rated health scores
  • Lower levels of “pain interference,” which refers to instances where the onset of pain interfered with desired activities
  • Reduced fear of falling

Unlike personal trainers, our in-home care team is trained to keep your loved one safe and comfortable before, during, and after exercise. We are qualified to monitor your aging parents, assist with the activities of daily living (ADLs), and provide symptom relief for many chronic conditions that may flare up during exercise. Moreover, our in-home care team maintains direct lines of communication with the client’s family, so you are aware of their progress.

With Always Best Care Madison, your loved one can enjoy rejuvenating walks outside, attend dances and social gatherings, and participate in other light activities without any safety concerns. In addition to monitoring and support, our in-home care team makes your loved one’s exercise more enjoyable with encouragement and conversation.It’ll feel like exercising with a friend—and who couldn’t use a reliable workout buddy?

Reduce Dementia Risks

The main risk for dementia is old age. Around 30% of Wisconsin seniors over age 85 live with dementia.

But genetics and lifestyle factors play a major role, too.

And while we may not be able to control our age or genetic makeup, there’s plenty we can do to offset our loved one’s dementia risk.

Take cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for example. The International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry highlighted CST’s “generalised cognitive benefits for people with dementia,” as well as its preventative value for seniors not yet showing any symptoms (Spector et al., 2010, p. 1253).

A typical cognitive stimulation therapy session might include:

  • Conversation about current affairs, childhood memories, and more
  • Games and puzzles
  • Scrapbooking
  • Listening to music and playing instruments

And while Always Best Care Madison does not offer focused CST, our in-home care services may include the above activities.

If you’re looking to add more socialization and cognitive stimulation to your loved one’s daily routine, get in touch with our care team. We offer many of the dementia-fighting benefits with added caretaking and companionship.

In-Home Care Services in Madison, Wisconsin and Across Dane County

Give us a call at 1-608-315-2378 to schedule a free in home care consultation with a member of our team. Or come in for a visit—we are located at 437 South Yellowstone Drive, Suite #2, Madison, WI.

References

Spector, A., Orrell, M., & Woods, B. (2010). Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST): effects on different areas of cognitive function for people with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(12), 1253-1258.

Muramatsu, N., Yin, L., Berbaum, M. L., Marquez, D. X., Jurivich, D. A., Zanoni, J. P., & Walton, S. M. (2017). Promoting seniors’ health with home care aides: A pilot. The Gerontologist, 58(4), 779-788.

 

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